The Magicians: A Novel

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Penguin Publishing Group, Aug 11, 2009 - Fiction - 432 pages
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The New York Times bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world, soon to be an original series on Syfy

The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. . . . Hogwarts was never like this.”

—George R.R. Martin
 
“Sad, hilarious, beautiful & essential to anyone who cares about modern fantasy.”
—Joe Hill
 
“A very knowing and wonderful take on the wizard school genre.”
—John Green
 
The Magicians may just be the most subversive, gripping and enchanting fantasy novel I’ve read this century.”
—Cory Doctorow

Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn't real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn't bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin's yearning. But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they'd imagined. Psychologically piercing and dazzlingly inventive, The Magicians, the prequel to the New York Times bestselling book The Magician King and the #1 bestseller The Magician's Land, is an enthralling coming-of-age tale about magic practiced in the real world-where good and evil aren't black and white, and power comes at a terrible price.


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Great set up, interesting premise, good plot. - Goodreads
The writing is...choppy. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Ericka - Goodreads

This book took me quite a while to read. D; I really enjoyed the magic school element and liked the fresh and relatable perspective. But for some reason the last third or so of the book, I had little ... Read full review

Review: The Magicians (The Magicians #1)

User Review  - Brett Robinson - Goodreads

Do you remember Harry Potter? The one primarily from books 4 and 5, the moody douche-bag Harry that thought everyone was against him, nothing was fun, why didn't that one girl like him back, boo-hoo ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

LEV GROSSMAN is a senior writer and book critic for Time magazine and author of the international bestselling novel Codex. He is also the creator of the Time blog Nerd World. Grossman holds degrees in comparative literature from Harvard and Yale. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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